Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-29
The Gryptonite rubber on these delaminates too easily, and wears unevenly on the sole of the shoe. The unlined heel cup has a lot of dead space and a seam, which makes many heel hooks uncomfortable. My heel has actually fought the shoe to fit in the heel cup and seems to be winning as the sides of the shoe have begun to split.
I've had them resoled (by Yosemite Bum) with Trax rubber, and have seen a marked improvement in their durability and climbing prowess. Good bouldering shoe, but I can't imagine wearing these for an extended period of time on TR, sport, or trad.
The only reason that I keep climbing in these shoes is that they edge well, the toes point into anything I want, and the toe box/front half of the shoe fits really well. The straps are redundant. The Zealot is a slipper, plain and simple. The straps serve to keep it from slipping off like many slippers would on heel hooks and the like.